Rugby star wins court case over Twitter sacking

Keith Mason pictured playing for the Huddersfield Giants in 2010. Credit: Empics

A rugby league star who was sacked after a photo of a team-mate's bottom appeared on his Twitter account has said he is delighted with a High Court judge's ruling that he was unlawfully dismissed by his former club.

The picture was found on Keith Mason's iPhone by his girlfriend, Lauren Harwood, after the players returned from a drinking binge last September.

She posted it on his Twitter account - which attracted 4,200 followers - with the message "what the hell is this?" and it remained for around two days before Mason deleted it, the court heard.

Huddersfield Giants claimed the 31-year-old committed gross misconduct by not deleting it quickly enough and ended his £95,000-a-year salary last October, just one year into his four-year contract.

A judge ruled that Mason's actions could not be construed as breach of contract, and as a result his dismissal was wrong.